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EDWIN (TED) MEADE ROBINSON
Edwin (Ted) Meade Robinson (1878-1946) was a Midwest-based journalist, humorist, and light poet who summered for many years in Provincetown, Massachusetts. After working at several Indianapolis and Cleveland newspapers, Robinson settled at the Cleveland Plain Dealer where he published light verse and commentary in his "Philosopher of Folly" column from 1910 until his death in 1946. The column was open to guest contributions, and some "regulars" submitted work under comic pseudonyms like "Prof. Si N. Tific" and "Sue Burbanite." Robinson also served as literary and associate editor of the Plain Dealer and lectured on Language at Cleveland College. His published books include a novel and several volumes of poetry.
A Letter from Ted Robinson to Christopher Morley, undated
Robinson and his wife were friendly with many of the literary inhabitants of Provincetown, including Provincetown Players Susan Glaspell and Harry Kemp. Robinson was also a distinguished member of the Beachcombers, a Provincetown social club for writers and artists. In this letter to writer and fellow columnist Christopher Morley, Robinson gives a sense of the relaxed, creative atmosphere of the Massachusetts artists' colony.